Order of Worship: Sunday January 8th



Call to Worship

Opening Prayer

Opening Songs

"Surely the Presence of the Lord"

"Great and Mighty is He"


Isaiah 42:1-9

Psalm 29

Matthew 3:13-17


Song of Praise

"Spirit Song"

Message--"Let it Be So Now"--Pastor Jen



Offering, Doxology, Prayer

Prayers of the People

Lord's Prayer


"Lord, I Want to be a Christian"


This Week at Grace:

Monday--SPRC 630pm

Tuesday-- Bible study 9am

--Bells 1030am

Wednesday--Altar Guild 10am

Adult study 6pm

Youth Group--6pm

Thursday--Men's study 730am

Friday--UMW planning team 10am

If you are planning to meet at Grace UMC, you MUST call ahead of time to reserve space and get your meeting on the church calendar. As our building is used more, we must communicate even more!

Church Office Phone:


Grace Office Hours

Monday - Friday

9 a.m. to noon



In-Person--Sunday mornings at Grace



Living God,

when the Spirit descended on Jesus at his baptism in Jordan's water

you revealed him as your own beloved Son.

You anointed him with the Holy Spirit.

Grant that all who are baptized into his name

may keep the covenant they have made,

and boldly confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior

now and forever.


Call to Worship:

L: The Voice of God prods our hearing

P: The activity of God stretches our seeing.

L: Together they invite us down into the waters of life where the Spirit flows.

P: From there we may rise to go, to dare, to walk, and to serve beyond where we have been before.

All: Walk with us, strengthen us, use us for your Glory!


Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.  And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Matthew 3:13-17 NIV

Please join us in expressing prayers and sympathy to the Kline family on the passing of Jean Kline. Her services were held in Pine River on the 5th. Click here for JK obituary.

Monthly Missions

In January our missional giving goes to the Lakes Area Restorative Justice Program.

There are envelopes in the pews, or you can simply put any special giving into the offering plate with a note on your gift that it is to be designated to this mission.

One of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church, Human Relations Day calls United Methodists to recognize the right of all God’s children in realizing their potential as human beings in relationship with one another. The special offering benefits neighborhood ministries through Community Developers, community advocacy through United Methodist Voluntary Services and work with at-risk teens through the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program.

When you give generously on Human Relations Day, you encourage ordinary people to have a voice in changing the world. We will receive this offering on January 15th.

The weather has certainly been frightful! Please call ahead if you are planning to drop by church during the week if the weather is "iffy". Ann and Pastor Jen may need extra time to make it into the office.

If you have a group that regularly meets and you need to cancel, please let the office know. We can help let your members know, and we will not heat portions of our building unnecessarily.

The latest edition of the Upper Room devotional is available in the narthex. Please pick one up to add to your daily prayer and study time.


Grace email changes

 Pastor Jen -- jenmatt20@gmail.com

Joan Oscarson--Grace UMC Treasurer---gracetreasurer2014@gmail.com.

Ann--Grace office email--graceumcpequotlakes@gmail.com

Reminder--the office is open 9-12 Monday through Friday, if you are in need of assistance from Ann, please reach out or stop by during these scheduled hours.

Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Youth grades six-12 across Minnesota, come for a half-day of serving, learning, an epic large group game, and a hip-hop concert!

Grace UMC youth, we will be going to St. Cloud for the Event. Mark your calendars now, speak to Abby Jacobs, Sheena Rick, or Pastor Jen about signing up.

At this gathering our youth will be helping to create "blessing bags". If you are able to help us with some of these items, please drop off in Pastor Jen's office, by January 19th. Thank you!

-socks -individually wrapped toothbrushes

-granola bars -toothpaste

-applesauce pouches -disinfectant hand wipe packets

-small bags of chips -foil emergency blankets

-deodorant -Emergen C packets

-ChapStick -drawstring bags

-travel size lotion bottles

Upcoming Events in 2023

Fun couple's night on February 4th, with author and speaker Phil Gungor dealing with keeping fun and laughter in your relationship!

Tickets are available at church for pre-sale now.

Plan to stay for lunch after worship on January 22nd. A group is organizing a "Souper Sunday" event of food and fellowship.

New small group starting on January 18th using the book--Sensible Shoes.

Ad Council Tuesday January 17th at 6:30pm.

Sunday mornings we have returned to live streaming our Sunday services, but we realize that there are still some issues popping up many Sundays. On our website you can usually watch the recorded service after 10:30am or so. There is a link to our site at the end of this newsletter.

We continue to work on making the online experience better and appreciate both your grace and feedback as we make improvements. Soon, we will be updating our internet capabilities and are hopeful that this will fix some of the issues.

We are grateful to be able to offer our services online and appreciate any gifts received to help this ministry grow and continue.

*We are aware that we have had some streaming issues over the last few weeks, we are working on resolving the problem.

If you have something that should be added to this newsletter from your group or mission, please speak with Pastor Jen or email the details to her at jenmatt20@gmail.com. The E-Grace is generally completed by noon on Thursdays, so articles need to be received by Thursday 10am at the very latest.

If you wish to connect with me directly and it is not an emergency, please know that I will respond as needed during pretty regular office hours. I am in the church most weekdays from at least 10-12, call the office to be sure, as my weeks vary. Ann has my detailed schedule and can find me if needed. I check my emails frequently throughout the day, and this is the best way to contact me.

-Pastor Jen

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Important note

If you are mailing something to the church, you must use our P.O. Box for the address. We do not receive mail at the church, and if you use the physical church address it will get returned and could delay your notices to us or offerings.

P.O. Box 276

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

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Contact Information

 Grace United Methodist Church 

29318 Patriot Ave - P.O. Box 276

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Phone: 218-568-5755

Email: graceumcpequotlakes@gmail.com

Website: www.graceumcpequotlakes.org